Oct 6, 2017

Local councils step up to reduce alcohol violence

After campaigning by emergency services and other community groups, 54 councils in Sydney are stepping up to reduce alcohol related violence.

A great win for communities in Sydney who can now enjoy a safer neighbourhood.

The Daily Telegraph, Heather McNab.

IF YOU’RE thinking of cracking open a cold one in the City of Sydney, think again — a further 54 areas around the inner city are tipped to become alcohol free.

The proposed areas, which include a large swath from Surry Hills, Kings Cross and Glebe, would bring the total of alcohol free zones and areas to 416 — almost three times the number in place in 2009.

The proposed areas are based off applications from police, community and internal City units and cover permanent, temporary and event-related restrictions.

Thirteen parks, including Macleay Reserve and Green Park in Kings Cross, would be permanently alcohol free.

In an internal document seen by Central Sydney detailing the proposed restrictions,City Life director Ann Hoban said the zones aimed to “help prevent alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and crime, including damage to property, littering and noise impacts”.

Last year council voted to scrap 62 public alcohol free zones and areas, a decision which was criticised by the Police Association of NSW.

“Removing alcohol-free zones makes the job of local police in these areas more difficult”, PANSW president Scott Weber said at the time.

A City spokeswoman would not comment on whether the introduction of the zones has sparked a backlash from police or the local community.

Thirteen parks, including Macleay Reserve and Green Park in Kings Cross and Jubilee Park Playground and Harold Park Playground, will be permanently alcohol free under the proposal.

Read the full article on The Daily Telegraph.